Dr Joseph Pizzorno ND

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a transformational leader in medicine. As founding president of Bastyr University in 1978, he coined the term “science-based natural medicine” and lead Bastyr to become the first ever accredited institution in this field.


This validated that health promotion rather than only disease treatment could be credibly taught, researched and practiced. A licensed naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesman, he is Editor-in-Chief of PubMed-indexed IMCJ, Board Chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, founding board member of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and a member of the science boards of the Hecht Foundation and Bioclinic Naturals. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to 2 prestigious government commissions to advise Congress on how to integrate natural medicine into healthcare. He is author or co-author of 6 textbooks (most recent Clinical Environmental Medicine) and 8 consumer books (most recent Healthy Bones, Healthy You with wife Lara).

Session topic: The Interface Between Tradition, Science & Practice.

(via Zoom live stream)


The founders of naturopathic medicine were remarkably insightful in their understanding of health and disease. Their many adages continue to guide our practices today. However, virtually all the defining principles of naturopathic medicine were formulated over one hundred years ago when our understanding of physiology and disease were much more rudimentary. How well do our principles stand up in the light of modern science?

Sharon Erdrich

Sharon Erdrich is a Registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist (NMHNZ) and a NZ Registered Nurse. Her Master in Health Science (University of Auckland) was a clinical trial, investigating the effect of a Mediterranean-style diet in men with prostate cancer.


The topic of Sharon’s PhD research is The FIDGIT Study: An investigation into the relationships between fibromyalgia, the digestive system and the microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract. Through her research, she is an invited collaborator in the International Myopain Symposium – a group of clinicians and researchers committed to understanding chronic pain in order to improve outcomes for those suffering with it.

An experienced teacher, Sharon has developed, delivered and co-ordinated programmes in naturopathy, aromatherapy, nutrition, massage, and nursing. She is an Adjunct Fellow at Southern Cross University, where she is involved in course writing and delivery on the post-graduate naturopathic programme and co-authored the Gastroenterology chapter in the World Naturopathic Federation’s (WNF) Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

She is clinical director of the Auckland Gut Clinic, which provides a nationwide breath testing service, and is in clinical practice part-time, running a gut-focused internship programme for recent graduates of naturopathy.

Session Topic: Informing Science with Practice: A tale from a Naturopathic Researcher


Validating traditional naturopathic practice is one of our greatest challenges. With a desire for endorsement as bona-fide health care providers and thus wider acceptance in the community, evidence that supports our approach is increasingly required.

In this presentation, a recent study exploring fibromyalgia in cohort of New Zealand women will provide an exemplar of how a multi-systems approach, integrating principles and observations from naturopathic practice, can contribute to scientific evidence upon which we can improve client outcomes.

Dr Sue Evans

For nearly four decades, Sue’s work has been with herbal medicine.


Following her herbal training with the UK’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, she returned home to Melbourne. She subsequently practiced in the first integrative medicine clinic there and helped establish Melbourne’s longstanding herbal support group (and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia’s (NHAA) first chapter) VicHerbs. She has served on the executive of the NHAA and was inaugural chair of their Board Member Advisory Committee. She taught herbal medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies before being appointed foundation lecturer in herbal medicine at Southern Cross University in 1995 when it established the first state-funded university course in naturopathy in Australia. She lectures and publishes regularly both nationally and internationally, and her PhD was an account of the contemporary challenges facing Western Herbal Medicine in Australia. She currently teaches at the University of Tasmania and is Deputy Chair of the Jacka Foundation for Natural Therapies. She is a Life Member of the NHAA.


Session Topic: Impact of Science on Herbal Medicine
With Dr Joanna Harnett


Herbs have been used as medicines throughout history. Understandings of their use reflects societal approaches to medicine, so explanations of how and why they work change across time and across cultures. Today science is the foundation of biomedicine and so for us, uses and mechanisms of actions of medicinal plants are explored through the lens of science. This has both been driven by and enabled their widespread acceptance as therapeutic agents in Australia over the last 40 years. However, a focus on scientific insights to the exclusion of other perspectives on these remedies brings its own dangers and limitations, and these will be discussed in this session.

Dr Joanna Harnett

Dr Joanna Harnett holds a Bachelor and Master of Health Science (Complementary Medicine).


Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, and a PhD in nutritional pharmacology (exploring the association between the gastrointestinal microbiome and coeliac disease). Joanna is a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine Health at the University of Sydney’s Pharmacy School. Her teaching and research activity relate to the quality use of complementary medicine products, and microbiome health associations. She supervises higher degree research students in these two areas. Her teaching role includes the development and delivery of evidence-based complementary medicine education for undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy students. Prior to her academic career, she practiced as a Naturopath for 15 years in an integrative medical practice. She currently serves on the board of the International Society for Traditional, Complementary, Integrative Medicine Research. She is a member of the Australian TGA Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines.



Session Topic: Impact of Science on Herbal Medicine
With Dr Sue Evans


Herbs have been used as medicines throughout history. Understandings of their use reflects societal approaches to medicine, so explanations of how and why they work change across time and across cultures. Today science is the foundation of biomedicine and so for us, uses and mechanisms of actions of medicinal plants are explored through the lens of science. This has both been driven by and enabled their widespread acceptance as therapeutic agents in Australia over the last 40 years. However, a focus on scientific insights to the exclusion of other perspectives on these remedies brings its own dangers and limitations, and these will be discussed in this session.

Jane Hutchens

Blaxland, NSW

Jane Hutchens is a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, registered nurse, educator, writer and researcher.


She is in the final stages of her PhD (Public Health) at UTS on the experiences of women who have cardiac disease in pregnancy and the first year postpartum, and she has a Masters of Science in Medicine (Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics) from the University of Sydney.  Jane has worked in women’s health for decades and is passionate about keeping healthcare accessible, do-able, and effective.  She is of a certain age.



Session Topic: A women’s mind:  The path from puberty to midlife


Are women feeble minded, all intuition and no intellect? Is the traditional view of female hysterics valid? Are women’s brains structurally and functionally different from men’s?  And does any of this matter, broadly, and specifically to health care professionals? Well yes, it does matter.
In this presentation we’ll explore the nuances of hormones and life stages on a woman’s neurological function to arrive at the menopause and midlife, when the hormonal environment undergoes one last major shift.
Focusing on midlife we’ll cover how practitioners can support women and optimize their brain health and help them step into their sass.

Dr Brad Leech

Sunshine Coast, QLD

Dr Brad Leech is an internationally recognised Integrative Medicine Practitioner.


After entering the functional medicine profession in 2008, Brad has taught and developed subjects at leading academic institutions in Integrative Gastroenterology, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine and Public Health Research. Dr Brad Leech is the Lead Clinical Educator and cocreator of Co-Biome. His expertise in integrative gastrointestinal healthcare enables him to translate the latest science on the gut microbiome into practical clinical applications. In addition to his research, and working with patients, Brad offers practitioner support through his mentoring program Brad’s Brainiacs.



Session Topic: Clinical impact of antimicrobials on the Microbiome: How clinicians can safely and effectively prescribe without causing further dysbiosis


Antimicrobials are frequently used in naturopathic practice; however, the impact they have on the colonic microbiome remains a continued area of research. The current use of antimicrobial herbs in clinical practice is indicated based on pathogen detection through culture, PCR or breath testing. Upon identifying a selected pathogen or overgrowth, clinicians generally prescribe antimicrobials with the aim of eradicating the identified pathogen. The use of advanced microbiome sequencing is required to understand the full impact antimicrobial herbs can have on the whole  colonic microbiome. Research  using  whole-genome metagenomic  sequencing  has  revealed  that  some  antimicrobials alter  species  within the microbiome to a more dysbiotic state. Through limiting the use of antimicrobials in patients with particular microbiome profiles and supporting the gastrointestinal ecosystem, clinicians may better protect their patient’s colonic microbiome. By presenting the latest microbiome research and drawing on clinical experience, clinicians will leave this presentation with an advanced understanding of antimicrobial prescription and how to utilise microbiome testing to effectively determine the appropriateness of antimicrobials.

Cathrina Geldard

Hobart, TAS

Cathrina Geldard is a trained naturopath, and PhD candidate at the National Centre of Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University.



Her research involves mono- and polymicrobial biofilms associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs), and their response to herbal medicine. Biofilms are hard to treat with antibiotics and anti-fungals, and contribute to antimicrobial resistance, so Cathrina has turned to traditional knowledge for answers. She is examining herbal medicines that can counteract biofilms in the lab, hoping to contribute to developing effective herbal medicine interventions in the fight against chronic UTIs. Cathrina has recently successfully developed a polymicrobial, clinically-relevant model of UTI.


Session Topic: New frontier in the antimicrobial world? A review of whole plant extracts with antibiofilm activity

Cherie Caut

Adelaide, SA

Cherie Caut is a PhD Candidate, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, UTS.


Cherie’s PhD explores the preconception health literacy, and beliefs and attitudes towards preconception care, of health professionals in Australia. Cherie is awarded with first class Honours and Master of Reproductive Medicine with excellence. Published in Q1 peer-reviewed journals, Cherie has presented nationally and internationally. Her clinical naturopathic practice specialises in women’s health and fertility. A dedicated Curriculum Facilitator, Lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, member of Low Risks Ethics Committee and recent nominee for the ‘Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning.’



Session Topic: Preconception care knowledge and practice of naturopaths and other health professionals in Australia


There are significant translation gaps between the growing evidence to support the need for preconception care and the knowledge and practice of health professionals.Naturopaths and other health professionals in current clinical practice in Australia were recruited through NHAA, CMA, RACGP and ACM. Participants completed an online survey to share their awareness of modifiable preconception risks and health behaviours, their perspectives, and experiences regarding information-seeking for preconception health information, and their perceptions regarding the ideal delivery of preconception care services. Data analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. UTS HREC(ETH22-7083).

Dawn Whitten

Hobart, TAS

Dawn Whitten [BNat (Hons 1st), FNHAA, IBCLC] is a Western Herbalist, Naturopath and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.


She has a broad-base of clinical experience with a focus on women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, and infant/ toddler health. She has been in clinical practice for 18+ years and is part of Goulds Natural Medicine, a busy apothecary, clinic and associated herb farm. Dawn teaches Evidence-based Complementary Medicine at the University of Tasmania and is part of the research team at Probitic.Advisor.com. She is published in the peer-review literature including publications in the area of herbal safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding.



Session Topic: I Can Only Eat Five Foods” –Working with Mothers on Exclusion Diets


Maternal dietary exclusion practices seem to have gained new momentum, perhaps fuelled by the rise of social media support groups.  Parents initiate dietary restrictions with the hope of controlling difficult manifestations in infants including, eczema, colic, reflux, night waking etc.  Clinicians find themselves in tricky terrain as many of these families are distressed, disillusioned with the healthcare they have received and often strongly holding to the belief around food triggers and the lifeline they have found in the social media forum.
While there are clearly many occasions when some dietary exclusions are warranted, there is also the potential for harm including additional stress, impaired nutrition, and breastfeeding cessation. Parents can become vigilant looking for patterns of association. An additional concern is the potential loss of opportunity for the infant to develop tolerance to potential allergens as current evidence indicates exposure to potential dietary allergens during pregnancy and breastfeeding support the attainment of tolerance.

Emily Pickering

Brisbane, QLD

Emily Pickering is a degree-qualified Naturopath who is undertaking a PhD in holistic healthcare for glucose dysregulation at the University of Queensland.


She is also a Research Associate at Evidence Sciences, a complementary medicine research organization headed by nutritional biochemist Dr Elizabeth Steels. Emily has worked with Dr Steels in several clinical trials investigating complementary medicine treatments for glucose dysregulation and its complications. Emily is also the first author on several peer-reviewed journal articles. Aside from glucose dysregulation, Emily also works with women in her clinic in supporting their hormonal health, particularly with menstrual-related challenges.



Important clinical factors to consider when identifying and treating those with prediabetes.


One third of those with diabetes are undiagnosed, leaving them untreated and at increased risk of complications.  Several clinical signs and blood tests are used to screen and diagnose for diabetes; however misdiagnosis still occurs.  Prediabetes in particular can be difficult to identify in clients if they do not show obvious symptoms. Blood tests used to screen and diagnose for diabetes can often miss those with prediabetes.  Being able to identify those at risk of diabetes and being misdiagnosed is important to naturopaths and other health practitioners in order to reduce the risk of harm that arises from having unmanaged glucose dysregulation.
This discussion will give a guide on what to look out for and how to navigate blood test results that may indicate that someone is prediabetic.  Topics discussed include:  Differences in blood sugar levels between normal levels, prediabetic and diabetic; The difference in the conditions that are considered prediabetes; Tests used to identify glucose dysregulation and which are more suitable for picking up prediabetes; An overview of treatment strategies that is helpful with managing prediabetes.

Session Topic: POSTER
The use of Trigonella foenum-graceum seed extract for glucose management in those with prediabetes: Results from a randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Assoc Professor Greg Connolly

Melbourne, VIC

Associate Professor Greg Connolly is a naturopathic practitioner, educator and mentor.


In 2020 Greg was awarded the Bioceutical Integrative Medicine Award as a ‘Living Legend’ for his contribution to naturopathy over three decades. He has won several awards for academic teaching and conference presentations. Greg was in full time clinical practice for 22 years and completed his PhD on cancer patients, complementary medicine, and the hospital system. Greg has taught at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (now Torrens University) since 1992 in naturopathic philosophy, naturopathic clinical medicine, herbal medicine, clinical supervision, and public health.


Session Topic: Forest Bathing: A critical review grounded in science, tradition, and practice.
With Gaby Pavlovic

Gaby Pavlovic

Naturopath Gabby Pavlovic has a passion for nature.


This inspired her to originally pursue a Bachelor of Biological Science at Deakin University. She achieved a H1 in her honours research project looking at how birds regulate their body temperature in different environmental conditions. Her passion for nature led her to naturopathy where she saw the connection between a healthy body and a healthy environment where optimal human health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet. She has been an active member in the Melbourne naturopathic community and has been an Organising Committee Member of the Victorian Herbalists Association / VicHerbs.


Session Topic: Forest Bathing: A critical review grounded in science, tradition, and practice.
With Assoc Professor Greg Connolly

Inna Kurlyandechik

St Lucia, QLD

Inna Kurlyandchik is a naturopath and nutritionist and a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University.


Inna has a particular interest in treating patients with chronic pain and autoimmune conditions, helping them to improve their quality of life and feel better again. During her studies and clinical practice Inna became interested in the endocannabinoid system and its potential role in chronic pain. After completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, Inna was competitively awarded a Summer Research scholarship from the Research Office of Endeavour College of Natural Health to conduct a systematic literature review on the effects of medicinal cannabis for the fibromyalgia syndrome. This led to her decision to undertake a PhD, with the aim of investigating the potential of medicinal cannabis in treating fibromyalgia syndrome.

Session Topic: Plasma and interstitial levels of endocannabinoids and N-acylethanolamines in patients with chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia.


The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an essential endogenous signaling system that may be involved in the pathophysiology of chronic widespread pain (CWP) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Further research is required to understand the role of ECS in the development and maintenance of CWP and FMS. We provided the first systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the clinical relevance of ECS alterations in patients with CWP and FMS by comparing plasma and interstitial levels of endocannabinoids and N-acylethanolamines in patients and healthy controls. A systematic search was conducted to identify studies that measured plasma and/or interstitial levels of endocannabinoids and N-acylethanolamines in patients with CWP or FMS and healthy controls.

Isabel Halse

Clunes, NSW

Isabel Halse is the primary investigator. She is studying the Master of Advanced Naturopathic Medicine at SCU.


She has completed the Bachelor of Clinical Science with a double major in naturopathic studies and complementary medicine and a Bachelor of Health Science. She is passionate about planetary health and systems change. Her current research project is looking at the role of naturopathy/herbalism in disaster recovery and she would like to pursue this research area. Matthew Leach (ND, RN, BN, BN(Hons), DipClinNutr, PhD) and Liza Oates( PhD GradCertEvidBased CompMed, GCLT, BHSc(Nat)) are the supervisors and co-authors of this project.

Session Topic: Naturopathy/Herbalism in disaster management: A qualitative study of Naturopath/Herbalists’ experience of the 2022 Northern New South Wales and Southeast Queensland flood events

Dr Jason Hawrelak

Ocean Shores, NSW

Dr Jason Hawrelak is a researcher, educator, Western herbalist, and naturopath with over 20 years’ clinical and herbal medicine-making experience.


He did his PhD examining the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the gastrointestinal tract microbiota and teaches worldwide on all these topic areas. Dr Hawrelak is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. He maintains a busy clinical practice through Goulds Natural Medicine Clinic (Hobart, Tasmania) and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania.

Session Topic: An Under-Utilised Therapeutic Agent


Black pepper (Piper nigrum) has been part of the Western materia  medica for centuries, but is seldom prescribed by contemporary Western herbalists. Despite its lack of clinical use, black pepper has retained its place at the dinner table of pretty much every home and restaurant in the Western world. In this session, we’ll briefly review the uses of black pepper in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine and examine how it was used traditionally by Western herbalists in the past. The main active constituents, major actions, indications and contraindications will all be reviewed. Black pepper is most well-known for its adjuvant capacity, where it improves the bio availability of numerous compounds via a number of mechanisms. Other key actions that will be discussed in depth include as a digestive stimulant, antimicrobial, and neuroprotectant. Critical research examining the varied therapeutic effects of black pepper and its main active constituent piperine will be highlighted and discussed.  And some case studies illustrating how it is utilised in the authors’ clinical practice will also be shared. It is important to note, however, that black pepper is at high risk of herb-drug interactions due to its capacity to impact key drug metabolism pathways, such as cytochrome P-450 3A and P-glycoprotein.  Thus, it must be used with caution in patients taking pharmaceutical medications. This potential for herb-drug interaction will be examined in depth.

Prof. Dr Karin Ried

Melbourne, VIC

PhD MSc GDPH Cert.Integ.Med, Director of Research at the National-Institute-of-Integrative-Medicine (NIIM), with over 20 years’ experience in medical research.


Karin has a PhD (Human Genetics) & Masters Degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She holds an Honorary Adjunct A/Professor position at Torrens University, VIC & an Honorary A/Professor title at the University of Adelaide, SA. 2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of Research at NIIM. Within this time, AProf Ried led several projects in cancer, chronic fatigue, sleep, heart, gut and respiratory health, and published 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Session Topic : Presentation
Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract improves arterial stiffness and aerobic fitness in middle-aged recreational endurance athletes


Arterial stiffness is a cardiovascular risk factor, which increases naturally with age. Kyolic garlic has been shown to reduce arterial stiffness, while normalising blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood stickiness. We hypothesised that increased flexibility of arteries will lead to slower blood flow, increased oxygen uptake, and aerobic fitness. 

Our 12-week-trial aimed to assess the effect of Kyolic-garlic on arterial-stiffness, lactate-threshold, aerobic-fitness, recovery, cardiovascular-proteomic-biomarkers, and microcirculation in middle-aged endurance-athletes with elevated arterial-stiffness. 

Session Topic: Poster
Medicinal cannabis improves sleep in adults with insomnia: a randomized placebo-controlled cross-over study.

Kim Graham

Melbourne, VIC

Kim is a naturopath and psychotherapist, with over twenty years clinical experience. Kim is in the final stages of a PhD at ARCCIM, University of Technology Sydney. For her project she has been investigating the intersection between naturopathy and complexity science. During this time, she has published a number of articles of the topic and presented her findings internationally. Kim has taught at Endeavour College for over eight years across the Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Social Sciences Departments and co-wrote the Cultural Competency in Healthcare subject.

Session Topic: Naturopathic management of clinical complexity

Kim Graham

Melbourne, VIC

Kim is a naturopath and psychotherapist, with over twenty years clinical experience. Kim is in the final stages of a PhD at ARCCIM, University of Technology Sydney.


For her project she has been investigating the intersection between naturopathy and complexity science. During this time, she has published a number of articles of the topic and presented her findings internationally. Kim has taught at Endeavour College for over eight years across the Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Social Sciences Departments and co-wrote the Cultural Competency in Healthcare subject.

Session Topic: Naturopathic management of clinical complexity

Naturopathy is founded upon a traditional holistic philosophy, which predates the reductionist contemporary scientific paradigm. Reductionism is a pervasive scientific precept, and the whole systems approach of naturopathy falls outside of its scope. The recent emergence of complexity science provides a congruent framework from which to develop our knowledge of naturopathy using contemporary scientific research methods and terminology. A mixed methods sequential explanatory design was utilised to explore naturopathic practice and its management of clinical complexity. A novel complexity science informed research design was developed, and this was implemented as a pilot and then large-scale study to analyse naturopathic case studies employing exploratory data analysis and computational network analysis. Focus group participants provided their understanding of the findings from these studies.

Kristen Gilmour

Melbourne, VIC

Kristin is an experienced Melbourne-based Naturopathic practitioner with a special interest in the management of immune health, mental health, chronic inflammatory disorders, and skin conditions.


Alongside her longstanding Naturopathic practice, Kristin is a respected researcher, technical writer and educator for Australian herbal medicine company, OptimalRx. She is also a co-host of OptimalRx’s popular podcast, ‘TechTalk with OptimalRx’. Kristin is a member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) and has a great love of herbal medicine, which is the focus of much of her research, writing, and lecturing. With a continued drive to further the reach of our profession, Kristin provides health practitioners with practical and innovative natural medicine strategies based on current research and clinical results.

Session Topic: Chronic Kidney Disease in Clinic –Phytomedicines to Address a Silent Epidemic


Chronic kidney disease (CKD)has been recognised as a leading public health problem worldwide and is known as a silent killer, in that many people do not realise they may be in the early stages of CKD as up to 90% of kidney function can be lost before symptoms are evident. CKD isa progressive and largely under-diagnosed condition.  This highlights the need for practitioners to have a thorough understanding of the mechanisms involved in development of kidney disorders and a sound knowledge of effective interventions.  Furthermore, due to its insidious nature, numerous risk factors, and the rise of other comorbid conditions such as cardiometabolic disease, CKD is likely present in many of our patients, regardless of our niche or clinic speciality.  Additionally, medical management of CKD patients is limited, and subsequently herbal medicine practitioners have an exceptional opportunity to make a significant impact on the health of these patients by working to prevent the development and progression of the disease. This presentation will combine both technical and clinical information to outline the risk factors, development, and clinical assessment and management of CKD.  Naturopaths and Herbalists are extremely well placed to support our patients’ kidney function and this presentation will highlight the efficacy of phytomedicines in this arena, exploring traditional paradigms, relevant research, and clinical examples.

Dr Manisha Thakkar

South Australia

Under my current PhD project, I am exploring clinical reasoning process of Naturopathic Medicine practitioners with the aim of developing, refining and evaluating a novel naturopathic specific clinical reasoning framework.


I would like to present the preliminary findings of this reseach and a draft framework to the naturopathic community and would like to gather their feedback on this prime work. This framework may serve to facilitate development of clinical reasoning skills of novice naturopathic medicine practitioners and experts to reflect on their reasoning processes.

Session Topic: Developing a Naturopathic Medicine Clinical reasoning framework through qualitative exploration of naturopathic clinical practice and philosophy.


Clinical reasoning (CR) processes can vary depending on disciplinary background and experience. Several discipline specific theories and models have been proposed to assist the development of CR skills in the fields of medicine and nursing.  While the clinical decision-making process of Naturopathic Medicine (NM) practitioners has been explored, and frameworks guiding development of such thinking within naturopathic clinical practice and education have also been proposed, a framework that specifically guides development of CR underpinned by NM practice and philosophy has not been developed. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted to capture the cognitive, intuitive, and analytical aspects of the CR process of NM practitioners. Semi-structured interviews of 15 Novice and 16 expert NM practitioners were conducted to obtain a full recount of their CR processes within their clinical practice.  Through content analysis the categories and core categories were identified, and relationships between these categories were translated to identify key facets of NM clinical reasoning.

Nicole Hannan

Mermaid Waters, QLD

Nicole Hannan is a Naturopath (MMedRes, BSc, BHSc), and a PhD candidate and research assistant at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University.


Her special interest in the area of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders began in 2010 when her daughter was diagnosed with eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE). Nicole is passionate about educating practitioners in the practical clinical management of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, has numerous EoE related publications and presentations, and was awarded best non-research presentation at the 2017 NHAA conference. Nicole was recently an author on five rapid reviews for the World Naturopathic Federation.

Session Topic: Exploring the use, safety and efficacy of complementary medicines (CMs) for the management of Eosinophilic Oesophagitis in adults – Findings from an international cross-sectional survey and focus groups of CM practitioners in Australia.

Norelle Hentschel

Brisbane, QLD

Norelle Hentschel is the owner and Naturopath at Your Remedy Naturopathy.


Since graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, she has built a thriving clinical practice both online and in Brisbane. Norelle has a special interest in natural dermatology and female health. Patient education, lifestyle modification and an individualised, healthy whole food diet are central to her treatment approaches. As an avid herbalist she enjoys formulating bespoke herbal tonics to support her client’s health.

Session Topic : Clinical insights into the Herbal management of post-pill acne


Hormonal contraception (either oral contraceptive pills, implants or intrauterine devices) are commonly prescribed to women for contraception, to manage menstrual disorders and treat acne. Cessation (or removal) often leads to the development of rebound or post-pill acne, even in those women with no previous acne history. Post-pill acne can be stubborn and resistant to standard acne treatments. Our clients are primarily concerned with the forward-facing or cosmetic implications; however, acne is the visible symptom of inflammation and metabolic and hormonal imbalance. Bringing the skin into balance has health benefits that go deeper than the dermis. This presentation will focus on practical clinical insights illustrated with case studies into the use of herbal medicine treatment of post-pill acne.

Robert Provino

Sydney, NSW

Robert Provino is a Lecturer in Naturopathic Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health, based on the Sydney campus.


Prior to joining Endeavour College six years ago, Robert was in clinical practice with a particular interest in using complementary medicine for multiple sclerosis support, and for stress, anxiety and fatigue. Robert was previously on the NHAA Board as Director and Treasurer and was also on the founding Practice Standards Committee of the ARONAH. He holds Bachelor degrees in Business and Herbal Medicine, a Diploma of Nutrition, and a Master of Health Science.

Session Topic: Safety and efficacy of Withania compared with St John’s wort for the treatment of stress and anxiety; an integrative review of the literature.

Sage King

Reservoir, VIC

Sage is a degree-qualified naturopath & nutritionist, specialising in fertility, infertility, ART & IVF support, perinatal care & reproductive health.


As an inclusivity activist, Sage advocates for the recognition & inclusivity of the LGBTQIA+ & sex worker communities in naturopathic practice & is passionate about creating safe spaces for all. Sage works closely with the LGBTQIA+ community to support their reproductive health & fertility outcomes equal to that of their cisgender heterosexual counterparts. Sage provides education for business & practitioners to support social cohesion around LGBTQIA+ reproductive healthcare & works as a consultant for clinicians wishing to update their knowledge & skills in supporting this patient group.

Session Topic: Conception Through A Queer Lense – Broadening nuclear family constructs, understanding the history or legislative barriers for single & same-sex couples assigned female at birth & how to clinically navigate LGBTQIA+ preconception & perinatal care.



The LGBTQIA+ community & single cisgender women have been challenging & broadening nuclear family constructs for years, & have faced many legislative barriers around access to assisted reproductive technology (ART) & in-vitro fertilisation (IVF); especially in Victoria. While some practitioners feel confident in addressing preconception care, it is important for them to be aware of other variables seen within this group. For those undertaking ART & IVF in Australia, we know the majority are seeking support from complementary practitioners; therefore, having a comprehensive understanding in supporting LGBTQIA+ reproduction & how to do this safely is of high value to the naturopathic practitioner & LGBTQIA+ community alike.It is important for practitioners to be aware of historical & current reproductive legislation to be able to holistically support this patient group. Understanding terminology, gamete variations for conception, impacts of gender affirming hormone therapy, home insemination methods & ART strategies alongside collaboration with fertility specialists allows for confident & most importantly, safe clinical practice & prescribing.
As many individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community have experienced medical trauma, seeking support from complementary health practitioners let alone ART services can be daunting. Employing clinical assessment & case examples, this presentation will empower practitioners to confidently navigate LGBTQIA+ language to clinically assess & understand reproductive methods & variations while providing a safe environment that equally optimises LGBTQIA+ fertility outcomes as their cisgendered, heterosexual counterparts.

Sophia Gerontakos

Lismore, NSW

Sophia Gerontakos is an Australian Northern NSW-based naturopath, PhD candidate and clinical trials research assistant with the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University. Sophia’s research is investigating a new model of delivering naturopathic care to women and gender-diverse people with endometriosis using group visits, to address issues of access and integration of naturopathy as well as unmet healthcare needs. Sophia also works in clinical practice providing guidance and group facilitation services to naturopaths implementing group visits within their clinics. Sophia holds an Honours degree in Naturopathy and has authored several peer-reviewed articles on naturopathic practice and herbal medicine.

Sessions Topics:

POSTER: Healing collectively with naturopathic group consultations: results from the Naturopathic Medicine for Endometriosis (NatME) pilot program

WORKSHOP: The “ins and outs” of implementing group naturopathic consultations: an interactive clinical discussion

Tristan Carter

Currimundi, QLD

Tristan is a PhD student at the University of Technology in Sydney. In August 2022, Tristan accomplished his stage one assessment milestone, including a 20-minute power point presentation on the proposed research topic. Further, in September 2022, Tristan completed a poster presentation on the proposed research topic at a QLD health forum. Tristan’s experience yields within his prose, highlighted in his recent presentations and in the judicious completion of a systematic review manuscript, submitted and currently under review, plus in other work-in-progress manuscripts considered on the proposed topic.

Session Topic: Paternal preconception health and care: Naturopaths supporting males before they have children.

Vanessa Vigar

Ballina, NSW

Vanessa is a qualified naturopath with almost a decade of experience working in natural medicine research. With a Masters in Clinical Trials Research, Vanessa currently manages the clinical research program at Integria Healthcare, focusing on design and execution of clinical trials in herbal and nutritional medicine. Her focus is on furthering the evidence base for naturopathic medicine and demonstrating its safe and efficacious use alongside mainstream medical practices.

Session Topic: Standardising patient data collection for a publishable case series

Dr Wendy McLean

New South Wales

Wendy is a naturopath and senior educator at Vital.ly where she plays a central role in developing educational content and resources for healthcare professionals and the public.

As an author for the Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine, Wendy is dedicated to critically evaluating traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine research, and fostering research and education in Australia. Wendy has a background in Earth and Environmental Science, completing a Bachelor of Advanced Science and a PhD in hydrogeology. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in environmental assessment and research, including as an Australian Research Council Fellow. She is committed to fostering and promoting the discipline of environmental medicine.

Session Topic: Thriving in the face of forever chemicals

Session synopsis coming soon.

Alison Maunder

Sydney, NSW

Alison is a PhD candidate at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, researching the role of naturopathy in the management of women with diminished ovarian reserve.

She has completed a Masters of Philosophy (University of Sydney), a Masters of Medicine (Reproductive Health and Human Genetics) and a Masters of Herbal Medicine (University of Sydney). She is a qualified naturopath with a special interest in fertility and reproductive health. Alison has lectured and supervised clinic sessions at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Session Topic: The role of whole-system naturopathy for improved pregnancy rates in women with diminished ovarian reserve: mixed methods using a Delphi study and a randomised controlled trial

Session synopsis coming soon.